The Baby Shower- It’s Raining Friends!

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A year ago Saturday 22nd February 2014 I had a beautiful baby shower thrown in my honour at my home by my wonderful childhood friend Nina and thankfully I was able to return the favour in May 2014.

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I had just finished work the previous day to begin maternity leave and had no idea that ‘Quelle Surprise’ we would be meeting Jay a fortnight later!

I also had a surprise mini baby shower organised by my friends at work which was so special and it was at these events where I think it really hit me that I was going to have a baby! a little late you could say but it was true.

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I adore an Afternoon Tea so it was fun incorporating it into the Tiny Feets theme at my baby shower and I loved having my friends and family with me celebrating the impending birth which will be forever etched in my mind.

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If you are planning a pre baby party here are a few pointers

Oh how I love Pinterest ! why not create a board and look for inspiration.  Have a chat with the lovely mum 3-4 months before the due date and find out the date/time and location of the party.  It could be held at home or a restaurant or a community hall. She may prefer to have a spa day of course with the girls. There is nothing wrong with keeping it small and intimate.  Also worth checking if there will be a gift list that guests could contribute to if they wish.  Why not decide on a theme or keep it a surprise! for theme ideas scroll below.

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Prepare a guest list writing down their addresses and numbers and send out the invitations. You may wish to email out the invitations if time is an issue, remember to include a RSVP date and check if there are any dietary requirements to consider.

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No baby shower checklist is complete without something to eat and drink. I had a combination of home made delicious goodies made by my lovely host and shop bought party platters (Thank you Mr Waitrose). Don’t forget the drinks and Mocktails!

Order tableware it’s entirely up to you whether you wish to use glassware or plastic.

Think about ordering flowers, balloons, candles, and decorations for walls and where the decorations will go and how they will stick!

One of my favourite go to sites is  Mother & Baby they have a great list of baby games to play.

Remember you may want to buy prizes for the games and also favours for the goodie bags for the guests. You may want to think about a preparing music playlist.

On the day allow time to set up and welcome guests when they arrive and designate an area for coats and gifts.

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Have a comfortable chair, with a pillow, for mummy to be to use at the shower, especially if she’s in her third trimester and remember to have fun!

There are loads of theme ideas at Pop Sugar

Welcome to the World

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What could it Bee?

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Western Theme

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Vintage Baby Shower

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Sweet Rubber Ducky

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Sunny Breakfast 

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Sprinkle Baby Shower

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Sock Monkey Baby Shower

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Ready to Pop!

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Pink Ruffles and Ribbons

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Old World Glam

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Nautical

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Gold Pink Circus

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Little Man Mustasche

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High Tea

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Exotic Morrocan Inspired

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Space Invaders

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Charming Childrens’ Books

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Bun in the oven

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Breezy Beachside

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Airplane Theme

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Western Theme

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Velveteen Rabbit

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Thai Theme

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Sweet Lullaby

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Sprinkle Baby Shower

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Mod Gender Reveal Party

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Little Pink Birdies

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Lavender Theme

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For those planning a baby shower it really is a wonderful occasion and I wish you a wonderful time. I would also love to hear about your Baby Shower please feel free to comment.

Thanks for reading!

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